TWOMEY, John Christopher
(Service number 3/80)

Aliases Christopher, Chris
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 23 October 1887 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 11 August 1914 Age 26 years
Address at Enlistment Westshore, Napier
Occupation Dentist
Previous Military Experience St Patrick's College Cadets - 2½ years - left College
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 5 inches. Weight 9 stone 5½ lbs. Chest measurement 33-37 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair light. Sight, hearing, colour vision, limbs, joint movement, chest, heart, lungs and teeth all Satisfactory. free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Samoan Advance Party; New Zealand Medical Corps
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Field Ambulance Brigade
Transport Moeraki or Monowai
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Medical Corps - Field Ambulance

Military Awards

Campaigns Samoan; Egyptian
Service Medals 1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 15 April 1915 Reason At own request.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 18 April 1962 Age 74 years
Place of Death Wanganui
Notices Timaru Herald, 19 April 1962
Memorial or Cemetery Aramoho Cemetery, Wanganui
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Christopher TWOMEY, known as Christopher or Chris, was the second son of Jeremiah Matthew and Teresa Mary (née HUGHES) TWOMEY, of Temuka. Christopher ahd enlisted at the outbreak of war and engaged with the Samoan Detachment. It is unclear whether or not he went on to Egypt. He was discharged at his own request on 15 April 1915, at which time he was described as of very good character. A Certificate of Discharge was issued in May 1915 after 245 days of service abroad. It was another 5½ years before his medals were issued.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [17 December 2015]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK18805 W5557 0116675) [18 December 2015]; New Zealand Tablet, 24 December 1897, 11 December 1902, Evening Post, 5 December 1901, 5 December 1902, 17 December 1903, 15 August 1914, 23 March 1915, 4 November 1921, 3 March 1927, Wanganui Herald, 21 October 1907, Timaru Herald, 22 October 1907, 23 April 1910, 13 August 1914, Otago Witness, 23 October 1907, Waihi Daily Telegraph, 2 July 1908, Otago Daily Times, 16 May 1911, Dominion, 30 March 1917 (Papers Past) [17 December 2015]; Timaru Herald, 19 April 1962 (Timaru District Library) [18 December 2015]

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